Question regarding libsmbclient.

Richard Sharpe sharpe at
Sun May 27 11:35:47 GMT 2001

At 03:05 AM 5/27/01 -0700, Ray Van Dolson wrote:
>I'm just wondering how many are developing out there using
>  I'm trying to write a sort of samba spider that indexes
>my local Samba network and dumps the results into MySQL.  I'm using a
>recursive approach and am running into huge resource problems.
>The source code for my program is located at

OK, I will look some time this week ...

>This should compile for anyone as I have commented out the MySQL portions
>of the code.  The program runs for a while, and as I monitor it with 'top'
>I notice that the memory usage gets huge as the recursion level gets
>larger.  I make liberal use of free() to keep as much cleaned up as I can,
>but eventually the program is either auto-killed by my kernel or I hvae to
>kill it myself else the system stops responding.

Hmmm ...

>I'm wondering if the fault is due to my shoddy C programming skills
>(someone already has suggested I try jCIFS which I will) or a memory leak
>or inefficiency in  If someone a little more experienced
>than I could discern this from glancing at my code, I'd sure appreciate

OK, I doubt that it is you programming skills. The problem may be that in
libsmbclient, when you open a directory, I slurp up all the entries in the
directory into malloc'd structures ...

This is forced on my because I re-used a lower layer libsmb routine that
expected to read the whole directory in one go and calls a call-back ...

Perhaps I need to defer reading the directory until smbc_getdents is
called. I was wondering when this would bite, and perhaps it is now ...

>Ray Van Dolson

Richard Sharpe, sharpe at
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